Five-hour course proposed for gun purchases

Five-hour course proposed for gun purchases

A second proposal has been introduced in the state Legislature to require completion of a five-hour safety course before buying a gun or ammunition in New York state. A.8262, sponsored by Assemblyman Demond Meeks, D-Rochester, is similar to legislation proposed earlier this year (A.7771) sponsored by Assemblywoman Chantel Jackson, D-Bronx. The main differences between the two bills comes in the requirements that would be imposed. Jackson’s bill would require someone who wants to buy a gun to provide proof they have passed a mental health evaluation and achieved at least 90% accuracy at a shooting range using the type of weapon that will be purchased. Meeks’ bill does not have those requirements. Instead, the Rochester Democrat focuses entirely on the five-hour course requirement. Any firearms dealer, gunsmith, operator or employee of an indoor or outdoor shooting range would be able to apply to be a state-authorized safety course instructor and be able to give a certificate to those who complete the course. No firearm, rifle, shotgun or ammunition would be allowed to be sold in New York unless the buyer completes the course and shows their completion certificate. “Throughout our state and our nation, gun violence has become an epidemic that claims many lives every single day. It is of the utmost importance that New York state combats this issue with practical solutions that enable for safe gun ownership ,” Meeks wrote in his legislative justification. “Oftentimes inexperienced and untrained gun owners can find themselves in situations in which […]

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